Friday, September 8, 2017

Still Swirling




Bright Eyes (3 yr.) and Sunshine (1 yr.)

From the day our granddaughters were born, we have been blessed to be part of their lives in many ways.  It is a thrill to share our joys and interests with them, receiving same in return.

Now they are in the “tween” age, neither child nor teen, confusing us all. Hormones or no, they still delight us with this new stage.

A movie, Leap, recently appeared and we took our girls to spend time in this dark theater with us and watch a young girl who wished to become a ballerina.

LEAP! animated film about ballerina in Paris
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Leap was delightful, at least to us and partly to the girls. Images that once made them happy and laughing held them in silence, even stoic. If we had not sneaked in two orders of edamame for them, they might have fallen asleep.

When Leap was over, both girls ripped it apart. 

Oh, Grandma…no girl could learn ballet in five days…Look, see! NO one could have made that move!...See THAT pirouette! Not remotely possible!...THAT defies laws of physics!...NO one could do that!...She should have DROPPED like a big heavy stone…I mean REALLY!!..

 They were absolutely spot on.  Two Irish dancers with many years of experience and awards could rightly judge.

Just when we were about to sigh heavily, a flutter of little girls in filmy tutus ran by, raced by giggling, to the screen where credits rolled and music played.  They swirled around, arms lifted over their heads in light, shadows against screen.

”Daddy! Daddy!  We want to be ballerinas!  See us dance!”

A new generation of future dancers brought smiles to tween faces and sweetness of remembered days to us when they wore little girl dresses, swirling and squealing.

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Sunshine (11 yrs.) and Bright Eyes (12.5 yrs.)

26 comments:

  1. I am so glad that despite ripping apart the movie (justly) they could remember and enjoy baby joy.

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  2. Ah yes, tweens. I'm rather shocked to see kiddos I've met at this age later. They change so much.

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    1. This is true! There are students I taught at age 9 and then meet them at 20. Wow.

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  3. I did see the reviews of Leap and it seems that your beautiful granddaughters are in sync with the critics. I so enjoy watching this type of movie with my grandchildren, but now they are teenagers, and we have a hard time finding a film that would interest them and not make us feel uncomfortable.

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    1. When a film is rated PG 13, the girls research why, and let us know. So far we've done well. Back in the day, it was a different adventure.

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  4. I'm smiling at the thought of little ones rushing up to the screen to twirl and dance. It's a shame your grand daughter couldn't enjoy the film for the fantasy it was.

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    1. Oh, well. Sunshine still loves puppies and would love to be a 5 year old again. She was okay with it, sorta.

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  5. Hi Susan - lovely photos of Bright Eyes and Sunshine ... oh to be in a position to dream and not worry - lovely - cheers Hilary

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  6. At the age when they can rip it apart indeed. Good they remember though as into further life they go.

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    1. We hope those memories of sitting on our laps at the movies and eating popcorn stay with them.

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  7. Would you look at those two young ladies....babies no more. Sigh.

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  8. it might not have done anything for them, but it just inspired another generation of little girls.

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    1. I'd love to see if they still swirl in a few years! Sure hope so.

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  9. Smart girls--and lovely as well. Every age provides its own unique rewards. They grow so quickly!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. We used to babysit them. Now I feel that they are baby-sitting us.

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  10. Ah that moment when the kids' movies are no longer appealing. I know it well. I've got one left who still likes them. I'm crossing fingers and toes, the 'littleness' sticks around for a bit, but I see it disappearing every day. :) Your granddaughters are beautiful!

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  11. Such lovely photos of Bright Eyes and Sunshine.
    The grand-kids grow so quickly and the time and years fly by ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Picked them up from middle school today with a friend. They were in the back seat, laughing and telling about their day.

      We are in the driver's seat, for now.

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